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CIA Cocaine in America – Book Review

CIACocaineinAmericaAVeteranoftheC.I.A.: Cocaine in America – Book Review

Author: Kenneth Bucchi

Publisher: Shapolsky Publishers, Inc.

Copyright: 1994

Reviewed by: Lynard Barnes, 12/30/1994

 

Summary: The American government colluded with drug trafficking cartel to ship cocaine into America. It purportedly started the crack-cocaine epidemic. This is a decidedly negative review.

 

Reprinted from Crushies Book Review, December 1994 Volume I, Issue No. 6….

 

Alright now, here’s the deal. The Columbians are smuggling tons of cocaine into America. DEA, FBI, U.S. Customs agents are being killed trying to prevent the smuggling; cops are picking up the residual bullets trying to keep the stuff off the streets. Lives are being destroyed, families decimated, the national security threatened. Okay, fine. Since we as the federal government can’t defend our national borders as we are charged with doing in some ancient document or other–something called a constitution or something–we’re going to offer the Columbian drug lords a deal. We’re going to assure them that half of all the cocaine they target for smuggling into America actually gets into the country–no interdiction, no seizure. Okay. In return, the drug lords must allow us to either seize the other half or send to Columbia a special team of wild and crazy guys and gals to destroy the other half. Okay, that’s the deal. We’ll call the deal Pseudo Miranda, the false right to engage in criminal activity–a little play on Latin words because I’m such a brilliant guy………………..

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Having Our Say – Book Review

HavingOurSayby: Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth

Publisher: Dell Publishing

Copyright: 1993, ISBN: [0385312520]

Type: Paperback

reviewed by: Lynard Barnes, December 5, 1994

 

Summary: Attitude in life trumps everything. This book is an inspiring story of perseverance.

Reprinted from Crushies Book Review, December 1994 Volume I, Issue No. 6:

 

Age confers the right of individuality because it is assumes a history of responsibility. In the case of the Delany sisters this is certainly true. Throughout HAVING OUR SAY, the message comes through loud and clear that these two sisters, with over two hundred years of living between them, are survivors rather than victims of life. HAVING OUR SAY is one of those inspirational books that make you realize that however bad you think your slot in life may be, it could be worst; that there are people who do a lot more with a lot less. The people who do more, like the Delany sisters, simply start with a love for the gift of life. Attitude is the key.

 

Amy Hill Hearth, the author who put the Delany anecdotes into a chronological history, correctly points out that it is not a story about “black” people or even “women”. It is an American story. In a real sense, HAVING OUR SAY puts flesh and bone on a slew of generalities.

 

There is a current of belief running throughout HAVING OUR SAY. It is nicely epitomized by Bessie, the feisty Delany, when she says, “1 thought I could change the world. It took me a hundred years to figure out I can’t change the world. I can only change Bessie. And, honey, that ain’t easy, either.” While she learned that lesson, we are provided a swift tour through a hundred plus years of living life in post-Civil War America.

 

Bessie Delany, the feisty one, became a Dentist in June of 1923. She practiced dentistry in Harlem during the Harlem Renaissance. There were times when she and her brother–there were seven brothers and three sisters in the family–could not pay their office rent and were booted out onto the street. As she said, they scrapped together the rent and went back to their patients. Determination.

 

Sarah Louise Delany (Sadie, as she is called) was a high school teacher and retired from the New York Public School system in 1960. Hers is the reasoned voice, the voice of understanding and compromise. She calls herself a “mama’s child” because she followed her mother around like a shadow and always did what she was told. Sadie is, as she herself says, a balance to Bessie.

 

It is interesting that the Delany sisters are the product of an America swiftly crumbling under the espoused weight of “ethnic diversity”. Their father, Henry, was born into slavery in 1858. His mother was part African-America, part American Indian. The Delany sister’s mother, Nanny James Logan, was the daughter of “the fiercest-looking white man in Pittsylvania County”, James Miliam. Their grandmother, also of mixed parentage, Martha Logan, was born in 1842. No question under the rules and laws of the nation, the common experience of a people, the perceived notions we have of race and color that the Delany’s are black. But as Bessie says, “All I ever wanted in my life was to be treated as an individual. I have succeeded, to some extent. At least I’m sure that in the Lord’s eyes, I am an individual. I am not a “colored” person, or a “Negro” person, in God’s eyes. I am just me!” By tradition, good or bad, once upon a time, that is what being an American was all about.

 

Read HAVING OUR SAY. If you have ever wondered what separates the American national character from that of any other in the world, you’ll find the answer in this little gem.

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Love Kills-The Stalking of Diane Newton King – Book Review

LoveKills-StalkingOfDianeNewtonKingby: Andy Hoffman

Publisher: Avon Books

Copyright: 1994 , ISBN: [0380772744]

Type: Paperback

reviewed by: Lynard Barnes, December 5, 1994

Summary: Recommended reading on the murder of newswoman Diane Newton King.

Reprinted from Crushies Book Review, December 1994 Volume I, Issue No. 6….

 

Famous TV newswoman, Infatuated fan. TV newswoman rejects fan. Murder………..

Change newswoman to something else and you have the basic formula for what can be generically called the imperiled (stalked) celebrity book. The celebrity can be a politician (Ronald Reagan) or a creative artist (John Lennon). The common strand throughout the formula is “fan”. By reason of low self-esteem, the fan lives in the obscuring shadow of the object worshipped.

Diane Newton King was a local newscaster in Battle Creek, Michigan. Her mother was a full-blooded Mohawk Indian. On February 9, 1991, she was killed as she exited her car by two shots from a .22 caliber rifle. One bullet entered the upper right chest, another the groin area. Her two small children were in the car at the time.

The location of the bullet wounds, if inflicted by an expert shot, tells a story. Most “fans” don’t kill the object of their infatuation. If they do it is a simple “mission” killing, without passion, without a thought of the “object”. Husbands and wives on the other hand, when killing the other out of passion, will leave a story. Into the Diane King stalking story enters Brad King, the husband.

Love Kills – The Stalking of Diane Newton King does not delve beyond the facts in the domestic life of the Kings. From third hand sources however we do get the impression that Diane King was not the easy-go, laugh a minute, affable personality we so love of our news anchor people. She was in a cut-throat business in which the nice guys aren’t around for the finish. She was demanding, especially of herself. Among those demands was helping others; raising her children. If we are to judge the value of a life, helping others is about the only measurable yardstick we have. Diane King was valuable.

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